The Bachelor of Arts Honours degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Arts, which is the most diverse, most flexible, and most popular degree at the Australian National University, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of your discipline, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a thesis of up to 20,000 words, that develops new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems. An Honours Specialisation is available for all 49 majors in the BA, and any two Honours Specialisations available in the BA for which both sets of admissions criteria have been met are available for combination as Combined Honours.
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Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- pose a significant research question relating to their discipline;
- investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
- communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.
Further InformationIf a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.
The Delegated Authority for the BA Honours plans HARTS and HART2 is the CASS Associate Dean (Students). All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.
Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s honours convenor; names and contact details are at: http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours/honours-convenors
Combined Honours is a 48-unit Honours plan. If the entry requirements for two or more Honours Specialisations have been met, and a student wishes to undertake an Honours plan that combines them, Combined Honours allows this. Combined Honours consists of (i) 24 units of 4000-level coursework from the Honours Specialisations being combined, which must be approved in writing by the CASS Honours Delegate to ensure that the selection of courses includes the required research training; and (ii) 24 units fromTHES41XX Thesis.
“Double Honours” is where two 48-unit Honours years are taken, one in each Honours Specialisation. Students enrol in the BA Honours plan HARTS for one Honours Specialisation, and HART2 for the other.
Index of Cognate Majors
Index of the BA cognate Majors against the Honours Specialisations available for each,
subject to meeting the entry requirements, can be found at http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours-specialisations
A Bachelor of Arts degree from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution
A weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the major cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks
Written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis
And the satisfaction of any admission requirements listed in the relevant honours specialisation
Bonus points to do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Bachelor of Arts Honours requires completion of 48 units, which must consist of:
48 units from completion of one of the following Honours specialisations:
Art History and Theory
Australian Indigenous Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
Politics and International Relations
For all Honours Specialisations, and for Combined Honours, HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero.